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Mary PruessMary Pruess
WQPT General Manager

Summer 2017


Dear Friends of WQPT

In the 1970s, WQPT didn't exist. Imagine that. The Quad Cities was the last metropolitan area in the country without a public television station, until local voices like yours spoke up in support of creating a station for our region.

Now more than ever before, it is important to speak up in defense of public media.

Public broadcasting serves all Americans with content and services that educate, inform, and inspire. But its existence is threatened by the President’s budget proposal that eliminates funding for public media—essential federal funding that local public radio and television stations rely on to operate and exist. Without this funding, roughly $1.35 per American per year, some smaller stations like WQPT will be forced to go off the air or severely cut programs and Outreach services. Learn more

Here’s just a sampling of what we do in the region in addition to programs we air in the public interest:

We support children’s education and enrichment with Imagination Station, our free event for families, free books to low income families, and training to hundreds of early childhood teachers at our Ready to Learn Conference. Learn more about our Outreach

Exceptional regional programs like The Cities, Let’s Explore with Mr. Scott, and Letters Home to Hero Street explore topics you won’t find elsewhere.

We develop initiatives that matter to our region, such as Embracing Our Military and Vibrant Neighborhoods, that provide visibility to the fabric of our communities, explore issues important to us, and celebrate who we are.

And we support local projects like The Wall that Heals, a half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, July 27–30, that inform and connect us as citizens.

And if local public television and radio make a difference in your life, then let your voice be heard.

Learn more now about how WQPT makes use our funding, please give us a call at 309/764-2400 or stop by our offices located at 3300 River Drive in Moline.

WQPT belongs to our region and reaches tens of thousands of people because of folks just like you. Whatever you feel, please don’t be silent.


Warm regards,

 Mary Pruess


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Contact us by using our online contact form, by phone 309/764-2400
or e-mail: wqpt@wiu.edu.

Members of the community are also invited to attend
our quarterly Community Board meetings.